Posted on 6 December 2009 with categories: Aoi Bungaku



That was absolutely amazing. Oh my god, Aoi Bungaku was already my favourite series of this season… and this episode just blew every of its episodes so far out of the water. What a roller-coaster of emotions this turned out to be! Ryosuke Nakamura. That’s one name to remember, because this guy is destined for greatness.

Unfortunately, he’s also destined for unexposure in the western anime fandom because his series are just so damn hard to translate. Why are there still no subs of episode 9 out at this point, even though the previous episodes were subbed without any problems (in fact, even the double-episoded feature of episode 7 and 8 got out faster than this). It’s the same with Mouryou no Hako: we’ve got ourselves an absolutely fantastic director here, and yet because his dialogue is so damn complex it takes much longer for the subs to come out!

In any case, enough ranting and onto this episode. Just when I already thought that the previous episode was full of emotions, it was nothing when compared to this one. The whole story by Osamu Dazai came together wonderfully. Thoughout a majority of the episode, you keep wondering why his friend abandoned him. When the answer finally comes, the shock hits hard, and yet it makes complete sense: the guy was about to die from heart failure. Especially after all of the things that the lead character called this guy for betraying him.

But the visual direction was absolutely amazing. The animation was just incredible, and especially the part where Melos is fighting on the desk, as the main character is writing his story is nothing short of gorgeous. Anime animation cuts corners?! Hah, this episode has so much emotionally powerful movement in it. THIS really shows what you can do with the animation medium.

And to think that Aoi Bungaku still isn’t finished. The wait is going to take two whole weeks, but after that we’re going to see two stories adapted at the same time. I have no idea what to expect from that. The director is going to be someone completely new, and I have no idea what to expect from this guy. Again, this is a great gamble by Madhouse by putting a new guy in front of such a big project, but who knows? Perhaps they found themselves yet another talent here.
Rating: **** (Fantastic)

20 Responses

  1. Matsuoka Miu says:

    Now I feel like reading the novel.

  2. kuromitsu says:

    I wish someone encoded these last two episodes into a format that I can watch. :/ My computer hates hd.

  3. Ramon says:

    hey psgels the subs aren’t out because A.niger fansubs quit after subbing 7-8, and the other subgroups just haven’t caught up yet.

  4. mark says:

    Why’d he quit ? He was doing great work,and handing us all,wonderful encodes to.

  5. psgels says:

    Ah, so it was real-life issues combined with other subbers also starting to cover this series. Makes sense.

  6. Juri says:

    Aoi Bungaku is amazing!!! It’s so compelling, that forced me to see the raws with my nonexisting japanese… XD… Thanks for blogging this show… Nice job!!! It’s always a pleasure to discover these hidden pearls of anime…

  7. Meep says:

    U can read about why A.niger stopped subbing Aoi Bungaku: http://anigersubs.wordpress.com/

    Well I can’t wait to catch up on this when the subs come out!! T_T

  8. Yesol says:

    I’ve been watching this series with Korean sub and I can’t even imagine the effort and skills needed to translate into English. The lines are just… so complex and emotional. At least Korean is extremely similar to Japanese in terms of vocabulary and sentence structure. In order to preserve the beauty of the original dialogue into English, well… I have nothing but respect for the English subbers, so please keep it up subbers!
    By the way, I love your blog, psgels!

  9. Romanow says:

    Hi, Psgels, is it? I read your blog posts about Aoi Bungaku and just wanted to say – THANKS! This is the most interesting and good looking anime i’ve seen ever. Keep writing! Cheers.

  10. joe san says:

    great series have only watched 3 episodes, reminds me a little bit of the old school godard films, with the surreal cuts, sense of randomness, strong directorial presence etc.

  11. Shippoyasha says:

    Usually, these kinds of shows are a bit preachy about their conversions from their novels or have awkward pacing (read: Many WMT shows and Erin) at odd times, but with so few episodes to work with, they have to be thrifty and put a lot into a few episodes and man, did it pay off so far.

    Also, the totally fearless jump into animating it so vividly something that doesn’t really conjure up vivid imagery in classic Japanese literature is really amazing too.

    One of my issues was that although Mouryou no Hako had amazing writing and occasionally beautiful animation and very consistent animation at that, they really weren’t tasked to put many action scenes or dynamic scenes.

    But wow, this show really had Ryosuke Nakamura going with putting animation where you usually wouldn’t not find it. If it did it it in the status quo of animation, you’d only see mouths being animated and not too many liberties taken with the visual ferocity as seen in this show.

  12. senerikfred says:

    It doesn’t seem like you’ve heard, but the whole thing with the writer and his friend isn’t part of the original work. Only the play, which was based off a Greek legend as well as a German reworking of that legend, was written by Dezaki. No idea who wrote the new material unfortunately, be it Nakamura himself or someone else.

    I didn’t like this episode as much as the last one, personally. Even besides the fact that Joushima was damn lively for someone with a heart disease, it was a sudden and hardly creative reason for the guy’s actions. It remained a fairly good story, though, and the only fault I have with the visuals is the over-use of the cherry blossoms.

  13. headachebaby says:

    Awesome story…I like this story the best. It’s not so dark as the 1st story and I liked the lighting and animation better.

    It’s awesome to have literature adapted into anime rather than having the manga adapted…we’ve seen too many of those. But having literature adapted is a refreshing. Thank you creators for a wonderful job!

  14. Reverse says:

    Haha this more like it, amazing piece of work
    The animation is great, and a great ending to wrap thing up

  15. windy says:

    Has every story been written by someone different? I didn’t know, but I guess it is, it’s just that each story has the same amount of darkness and gloom in it.That’s why I thought all the stories were at least taken from the works of the same author.

  16. psgels says:

    It’s actually been written by many different authors, although Osamu Dazai wrote both No Longer Human and Hashire, Melos.

  17. Pi says:

    I found this episode quite moving, so moving that I teared up. Considering how emotional it was, I’m not surprised that some may not have enjoyed it as much as I did. I thought the heart disease seemed logical but it surely was a cheap excuse for ‘abandoning’ Tadaka. Ahh, I’m so in love with this series, and am so bloody glad I finally got my hands on the subs. I seriously don’t know what I could have done without them.

  18. Alec says:

    decided 2 drop aoi bungaku at ep 4….i know its a good anime…a good anime that can somehow ruin my mood..that just shows how good it is….but 4 some reason i dont wanna feel that way and think about the anime even when i fall asleep…..i somehow regret deleting all episodes… …its a shame that im letting such a master piece walk away, but its a path of no return… but still TT………..

  19. jho says:

    I thought every story would end really depressing. This one shocked me. Though there was a lot of sadness, there was a lot of true joy at the end too.

  20. Lauren says:

    This is my favorite story so far! not only is the plot depicted really well, but I loved the drawing style as well (Melos is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cute!!!!! inner fan girl in me was screaming every time he was on screen), and the animation was awesome. and its defining point, again, the way the stories were entertwined and depicted = just plain awesome. It’s also my favorite cuz it has a happy (or bittersweet) ending.

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  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 03:27 PM)
    Ghibi’s up would certainly be a different beast altogether.
  • K-Off
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 03:08 PM)
    @Ken no, the ghibli one.
  • Kenjeran
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 01:55 PM)
    @Juno: Up? That Disney-Pixar one?
  • Noel
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    Hi there. I’m currently interning for a small company in London, and they tasked me with creating a video tribute to Howl’s Moving Castle. I came up with this, and I thought you might like it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tS-zTTQzgjI Noel
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 12:23 PM)
    The only time they ever get along seems to be during non-canon alternate universes made for fanservice, official or not.
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 12:21 PM)
    Erm, no. They didn’t “get along” so much as Sayaka at least sympathized nicely with her. At least, until the end, when she basically swore never to sympathize with her again. XDDD
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 12:20 PM)
    Another interesting point is that the character relations are pretty fluid, too. Characters can act differently toward each other in different timelines/potential futures. Rebellion actually solidifies Homura’s consistent feelings toward Mami and also that Sayaka just cannot seem to be on good terms with Homura… but even then, for a while, they got along pretty well until the end. XD
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 12:17 PM)
    Madoka’s characterization seems pretty non-linear and only show up when necessary, so it’s definitely easy to see that they’re “dependent on the plot,” but there’s a ton of stuff there to piece the characters together into something coherent and solid.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 11:55 AM)
    Madoka’s characters act pretty confusingly? I never got that. I always felt there actions were pretty logical in the first viewing.
    Though a second viewing of anything can help. Mostly because you know the main story so you can focus on the little details.
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 11:27 AM)
    If anyone wants me to ask any specific questions, let me know. Funny enough, people are saying the same thing I’ve been saying for a long time–that multiple viewings help us understand the characters better. Because a lot of characters DO act pretty confusing at first, but upon a second viewing, after we know more about them, those actions make complete sense. Meaning that Madoka’s characterization is not linear.

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